May 1, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s track and field team held steady at No. 15 in the latest rankings released Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men’s team fell to No. 20 but both teams maintained top-five regional rankings.
The men’s team is No. 2 in the Midwest Region, the highest ranked Big 12 team in the region. OU is just behind top-ranked Nebraska. The women’s team stayed at No. 5 in the region.
Tia Brooks extended her program record in the women's shot put on April 25 with the best mark in the nation this year. Brooks won the event at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, lengthening her record to 60-7.25 on her final attempt. The mark set a Drake Relays record. She meets the Olympic A standard with the throw and defended her 2011 title at the meet. The mark is the second best by an American this year and ninth best throw in the world. It’s the 10th best throw ever by a collegian and she ranks sixth on the NCAA all-time list in the event with the mark.
Brittany Borman overtook the No. 1 spot in the javelin after her win in the women's javelin throw at the Sun Angel Classic on April 5. Borman's mark of 194-11 is an Oklahoma program record. The American and NCAA-leading throw set a Sun Angel Stadium facility and meet record and is tied for the 15th best throw in the world this year. The mark ranks Borman sixth on the United States all-time outdoor list and ranks her seventh on the collegiate list. Amongst American collegiate women, Borman is fifth. The throw also meets the Olympic B standard for the event. Borman is also seventh in the discus with her best mark of 183-0 coming on April 14 at the John Jacobs Invitational.
Ti'Anca Mock is seventh in the women's long jump with a season's best wind-aided mark of 21-6 on March 28 at the Texas Relays.
Bill Kogel made history at the Stanford Invitational on April 6 with his sixth-place finish in the men's 10,000-meter run. Kogel ran a collegiate-best 28 minutes, 39.54 seconds to set a new Oklahoma program record in the event. Kogel's time is the ninth best in the nation this year. George Alex lowered his program record in the men's 5,000-meter run to 13:35.27, the 10th fastest time in the nation this year.
Eric Cray is ninth on the national list in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Cray ran a collegiate-best of 50.57 seconds at the Sun Angel Classic on April 5. Luke Bryant took over the top spot in the men's discus throw with a collegiate best throw of 202 feet, four inches on April 14 at the John Jacobs Invitational.